never the twain shall meet

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of never the twain shall meet

used to say that two things, places, etc., are very different and can never be brought together or made similar
  • As far as he's concerned, work is work, family life is family life, and never the twain shall meet.

Word by Word Definitions

never play
  1. : not ever : at no time

  2. : not in any degree : not under any condition

twain play
  1. : two

  2. : couple, pair

  1. : two

  1. : two

shall play
  1. : will have to : must

  2. : will be able to : can

  3. used to express a command or exhortation

meet play
  1. : to come into the presence of : find

  2. : to come together with especially at a particular time or place

  3. : to come into contact or conjunction with : join

  1. : the act of assembling for a hunt or for competitive sports

  2. : a competition in which individuals match skills

  1. : precisely adapted to a particular situation, need, or circumstance : very proper


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up never the twain shall meet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an inference not connected logically

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!